The NBC Studios in Burbank California is located at
3000 West Alameda Avenue in the Los Angeles suburb of Burbank, just a
few miles northeast of the Hollywood area. It is one of three facilities
owned by the network in America, the other studios are in New York City
and Chicago, respectively.
Although the first phase of this project was completed
in September 1952 and a few black-and-white programs were broadcast from
for two and a half years, the facility was officially
dedicated on March 27, 1955. It was known back then as NBC Color City,
since a recently-completed studio at the complex is said to be the first
TV studio equipped exclusively for color broadcasting.
A next full phase of the project was finished in
November 1962, which accommodated the move of the network's Los Angeles
station, on Channel 4, from Hollywood to Burbank. Channel 4 changed its
call letters from KRCA to KNBC upon the move.
In fact, it was the first major color television
studio in the country to be built from the ground up. Today, besides
being home to NBC's west coast flagship station KNBC, it also houses the
network's West Coast broadcast operations, its Los Angeles news bureau,
as well as the Telemundo network's local owned & operated station, KVEA
(Channel 52), and Spanish independent station KWHY (Channel 22).
The studios of Warner Bros. and The Walt Disney
Company (includes rival network ABC) are located nearby in the same
This studio facility was responsible for producing
some of the best remembered game and variety shows from the 1960s
through the 1990s, including The Tonight Show from 1972, when Johnny
Carson moved the show to California from New York, until 2009, when Jay
Leno handed hosting duties to Conan O'Brien. The short-lived The Tonight
Show with Conan O'Brien was filmed a few miles away at Universal
Studios. However, when Leno returned as host of the The Tonight Show in
2010, The Tonight Show once again tapes from Burbank.
Move to Universal City
In mid-October 2007, the network announced that it
intends to move most of its operations by 2011 from Burbank to a new
complex across the street from Universal Studios in Universal City. It
would retain an office presence at the current Burbank site, though most
of the studio complex will be sold. The park and ride lot for the Metro
Red Line Universal City Station currently occupies the future site of
NBC West Coast.
In preparation for the move The Ellen DeGeneres Show
moved nearby to the Warner Bros. Studios in 2008, and when Conan O'Brien
took over hosting, The Tonight Show moved to an all-digital studio in
the Universal Studios Backlot in 2009. The Jay Leno Show continued to
broadcast from the NBC Burbank studios as Leno's Tonight Show had,
though moving from Studio 3 to 11. Since March 1, 2010, the Tonight Show
is taped at Studio 11 and will be until at least 2018.